1. Michael Sumerano
  2. TfDash



TfDash wraps the TFS command-line tool and the Team Foundation Power Tools. It makes tasks like switching branches, getting latest, promoting changes (adds/deletes/modifies), and cleaning your workspace as simple as it is in Subversion, Git, and Mercurial!


Using PsGet

First, install PsGet if you don't yet have it:

PS> (new-object Net.WebClient).DownloadString("http://psget.net/GetPsGet.ps1") | iex

Then, install TfDash using PsGet:

PS> Install-Module TfDash

See PSGet for more information and examples.

Alternatively by cloning this repository into your user Modules directory

PS> cd (split-path $profile)
PS> cd .\Modules
PS> hg clone https://bitbucket.org/Sumo/tfdash

Open your PowerShell profile for editing

PS> notepad $profile

And import this module somewhere near the top

Import-Module tfdash


Visual Studio Command Prompt

The Visual Studio Command Prompt automatically sets the environment variables that enable you to easily use .NET Framework tools." We need tf.exe on your PATH. You may use the PowerShell Community Extensions, add this to your profile


If you prefer simple, use the single-purpose Posh-VsVars module


Or, you can call a function that we provide


Team Foundation Server Power Tools

The Power Tools are "a set of enhancements, tools, and command-line utilities that increase productivity of Team Foundation Server scenarios." We currently support only TFPT 2010 and we'll look for the tfpt.exe in its installation directory.

It's nice to have the TFPT Cmdlets loaded, too, but we try to fall back on other commands when they're not available. Load them in your profile like this

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.TeamFoundation.PowerShell

Or, run our function, which checks that the snapin exists. We also have a workaround for 64-bit sessions, which are not officially supported yet (although, we suspect it doesn't work #20).


PowerShell Prompt

You can override the prompt function in your PowerShell profile to provide helpful TFS workspace information when the current directory is a mapped workspace folder. It's not as fancy as posh-git or posh-hg due to the client/server nature of TFS. It only displays the name of the currently mapped branch (assuming workspaces are mapped to a single branch), the changeset # of the workspace, and optionally the changeset # of the server if different from the workspace version.

function prompt {
  Write-Host $pwd -NoNewLine
  '> '

In the example below, you can see that we're on the Main branch (a TFS naming convention for the master branch). And the changeset number, 12345, is listed. When only one changeset is displayed, we are synchronized with the server.

PS [Main 12345]>

In the example here, you can see that there are two changesets, indicating that the server is ahead of our local workspace.

PS [Main 12345 *12350]>

As a bonus, you may replace the full working directory ($pwd) with a shortened path by using this function in your prompt, Write-ShortenedPath. A shortened prompt will look something like this, with each directory in the path before the current one being shortened to just it's first character.

X:\a\b\c\SomeMappedFolder [Main 12345]>


This is not an exhaustive list. Run this command to see all of the available functions and aliases.

PS> gcm -module tfdash


aliases: tf-history, tf-hist, tf-hi, or tf-log

Calls the Get-TfsItemHistory TFPT PowerShell cmdlet to get a table-formatted history of checkins. It is hard-coded to use "." (current folder) as the path, defaults to the newest 5 checkins, and does so recursively so that the history is more like what you'd get from svn log or hg log. Optionally, a section of this function can be commented out if there's a desire to remove an active directory domain name from the Committer field. Just replace [ActiveDirectoryDomainNameHere] with the full name of the domain as it would appear in TFS checkins. Take a look at tf history if you're unsure.


aliases: tf-sync, tf-switch, tf-sy, or tf-sw

Switches your TFS workfolder mapping to the provided TFS path and gets the latest version of the files. The Invoke-TfsSync function calls Invoke-TfsPull and Invoke-TfsUpdate in order to provide branch switching functionality.


aliases: tf-status, or tf-st

Gets the TFS status of files from the current directory. The Get-TfsStatus function uses the TFS tf status command-line command to check on the status of TFS-tracked files. Provide the -all switch and it will also provide a listing of untracked files by using tf folderdiff.


aliases: tf-uu

Undo unchanged files. Uses the tfpt uu command to undo any unchanged files recursively when compared to the latest changes.

This is one of the most helpful commands as files tend to get accidentally or unknowingly checked out and TFS does not detect unchanged files during a checkin. If you have junior developers who check out a whole solution, tracking down changes in history is almost impossible. This command, when used properly, can help alleviate the problem and do so quickly so that it can become a part of a developer's normal process.